Brothers, interested in
visiting Home Lodge?
Fill out the contact form
below and let us know.
“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
Sign-Up for the Home Lodge Bulletin and General Interests
to be Mailed Directly
to your In-Box
Click Here To Stay In Touch
PAYPAL ONLINE PAYMENTS
HOME LODGE DUES PAYMENT
$101.00 plus PP fees = $104.23
STATED MEETING DINNER
You must bring your PayPal receipt
with you to lodge to check in.
Brethren, ladies, and friends Summer is finally upon us. Now it’s been an odd year, so much rain and cloudy weather some of us forgot we were living in Southern California! This weather can only mean one thing, the Annual Home Lodge Picnic! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone come out and enjoy some food served by our amazing Officer line.
I must congratulate two great Brothers: Brother Orlando Salas & Worshipful Aaron Cohen.
Brother Salas absolutely nailed his qualification as Master in the first degree. Orlando I couldn’t be prouder of you, you’ve put in so much hard work and have been so dedicated to our Lodge. Thank you & I cannot wait for your year in the East.
Worshipful Cohen has done so much for our Lodge throughout his Masonic journey. He’s served as Master twice, he provides constant guidance and advise to all Masons, and he’s ever willing to sit in any chair; he outright demands to be given something to do every week. It is because of these reasons and so many more that Worshipful Cohen is going to be the 2019 recipient of Home Lodge’s Hiram Award. Aaron, you’ve shown unwavering dedication to Home Lodge & I know that will never change, it will forever be my honor to have served as an Officer with you.
These recent event have prompted me to contemplate my journey in Masonry. I had so many plans for what I wanted to do at our Home. When I first entered the officer line, I was still attending CSUN and planned on taking my time and enjoying each position; learning all I could. I remember Worshipful Weiser asking me if I was sure I wanted to do this. Asking over and over again if I could commit the time. Even asking my father if he thought I was ready to take this on. I was dead set on it, I figured that since there were 8 chairs, I’d have a nice smooth 8-year journey up to the East and would be well past school and settled into my career by the time I got there. Well the Great Architect had other plans. In my second year as an Officer (Senior Steward) I began learning the Marshal’s work as expected, & once I had it all prepared for qualification, was encouraged to take a look at the Senior Deacon’s ritual just in case. This was not what I planned, I didn’t want to miss out on two chairs, but figured it was a long shot in happening anyway.
Well, halfway through the work, Worshipful Celestre asked me if I’d be willing to qualify as Junior Warden. In my head I thought there’s no way I could do this, it was too much too soon, but being a Home Lodge Mason, when you’re asked if you’d be willing to do anything, you say yes. So, I did. I had graduated but was taking the classes required to sit for the CPA exam at Glendale College. This made me rethink my choice. I then remember expressing my concern to Worshipful David; who gave me the advice that I changed me as a Mason. I said to him, “Mike I don’t know if I can do this, I wanted to sit in each chair and do it all”. Worshipful David’s next words are the reason I’m typing this all up. He said to me, “Art, it’s not about what you want, it’s about what the Lodge needs”. It’s a very simple concept, but profound. When we become Officers of a Lodge, we become servants of that Lodge; we do whatever that Lodge needs. To any Mason that has thought about becoming an Officer someday, remember those words. The closer you get to the East, the stronger that obligation is. Personal interests do not matter, everything you do as Master of a Lodge must be to ensure the future prosperity of that Lodge, the moment you take a personal stance, the Lodge suffers. I’ve seen other Masters do it & I’ve seen their Lodge’s suffer. So to Worshipful Weiser, thank you for believing I could do this; to Worshipful Celestre, thank you for pushing me to do more; and to Worshipful David, thank you for the single greatest Masonic advice I will ever receive.
Now that the novel above is done I want to call special attention to our newest Mason, Brother Javier Ruvalcaba. Brother Ruvalcaba has been attending our Lodge meetings and functions for over a year now. He’s shown so much dedication and commitment to Home Lodge even before becoming one a Mason that I see a bright and glorious Masonic journey ahead of him. Javier is a model example for the kind of men we strive to see join our family, and I couldn’t be prouder to call him my brother. I hope he inspires all those that have been away from Home for some time, because we’d love to see you stop by, even if only for a quick hello and a hug.
…Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday than Home.
The year is now half over but it feels as though we only just begun. I believe as a lodge we have accomplished so much. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the pleasure of seeing and being a part of the growth of our lodge.
Growth is an important aspect of a Masonic lodge. In today’s world, growth and masonry do not necessarily go hand-in-hand, which is unfortunate. However, I’m very proud to say that Home Lodge is seeing growth not just in membership but quality of membership and, individual growth.
Looking around our Lodge during a degree, business meeting or, an education night I see men who grew into their roles at Home. They embraced their offices, stations and, appointments. Resulting from this is a new generation of Masons, building and adding to the ones before.
The truth about my experience at Home is that for a while I was feeling like the room was getting bigger and bigger because it appeared as though it was become more and more empty. Almost a decade at Home Lodge, I’ve seen so many of our brothers go to that Celestial Lodge above or, just cannot make it to Lodge any longer. The absence of these brothers used to give me such a feeling of emptiness when I would walk into Lodge that it made coming to Lodge difficult for me.
Even though I miss these brothers and I will
always feel their absence even if ever seat in Lodge is filled, it’s beginning to to feel full again. Watching and being a part of the growth of the brothers around me has help me begin to fill the void of losing some of the men I’ve been fortunate enough to call, my brothers. My brothers have in turn helped me grow to be a better person and better brother.
It’s been a great year so far. I’m very excited to see what these next six months has in store for us as a Lodge. I hope that those who read this month’s article are inspired in some form to come back to Lodge to be a part of what is developing.
See you all soon!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Bro. Andre Aladadyan
We have a great event approaching this month, the Home Lodge Annual Picnic on Sunday July 14th. I hope to see you all there.
Fraternally from the South,
Peter G. Vogelsang
WORSHIPFUL ARTIN ALADADYAN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
PETER VOGELSANG, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2019 are $101.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2018) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2019. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2019 term are: $101.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2019:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,121.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,919.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,717.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,414.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,111.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or email@example.com.
OUR BROTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED TO THE SUBLIME DEGREE OF MASTER MASON
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Christopher G. Berberian
Brother Avetis Petoyan
Brother Geronimo Legaspi
Brother Boris Lunares
Brother Anthony Hatchett
Brother Thomas S. Austin
Brother Justin Bruce
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE № 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
Please fill out the form below if you have any questions or comments regarding Home Lodge No. 721, Freemasonry, or the HomeLodge721.org website. Please don't forget to include your first and last name, phone and email address, so that we may contact you with a reply to your question or comment. Thank you for your interest in Home Lodge No. 721 and the HomeLodge721.org website.